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Summary

In this unprecedented audiobook, a paramilitary contractor with more than two decades of experience gives us a firsthand look into the secret lives of America's private warriors and their highly covert work around the world. Author Jamie Smith has planned and executed hundreds of missions on behalf of government agencies and private industry in some of the world's most dangerous hot spots - and lived to tell the tale.

They are elite warriors who run highly dangerous missions deep inside foreign countries on the brink of war. Jamie Smith knows these men well. Not only is he one of them, but he was the founding director of one of the most successful global, private military contracting firms. For the first time, he breaks his silence, pulling back the curtain to reveal in raw, intimate terms exactly what paramilitary spies and operators like him do when the government cannot act or take public responsibility.

Combining the thrilling narrative of an international spy thriller with bracing boots-on-the-ground realism, Gray Work follows Smith through grinding CIA training and his career as an operative, his work with Blackwater Security, and the creation of his own successful company. Here is the grit and gristle of modern warfare, from espionage and assassinations, rescues and renditions, from the dark corners of the Arab Spring and the fall of Qadhafi to black ops from Syria to Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, and beyond. Smith has fought terrorists and won; he was ambushed on a mission in Pakistan and took a bullet through his shoulder and to his back and subsequently survived a grueling mountain trek that almost cost him his life.

As founding director of Blackwater Security and then as head of his own company, Smith has helped shape a decade of war. His book powerfully illustrates how the men who serve in this gray area between the public and private worlds are transforming the art and science of modern warfare.

©2015 Jamie Smith (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Google the author before purchase!!

Seems likely that this is full of lies. A shame as its a great story!

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More fairytales than Disney

I should have googled the author before buying the book. It's basically fiction. He is as right wing as they come and is totally delusional. The book was winding me up with the cobblers he was telling, it got to the point I actually found it funny in a perverse way. At one point he mentions something in the Quran and says "they actually believe this stuff" then he quotes the Bible in the next paragraph. He actually believes that stuff, I'd say you couldn't make it up but he did.

He scams a retired couple of 12mil and gives that a paragraph.

I think he's got some sort of disorder.

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jamie smith seems to see himself as john wayne!!!

What disappointed you about Gray Work?

interesting experiences in contemporary conflict situation, let down by right wing view that increased conflict would have solved problems in Iraq, Jamie smith is clearly anti-Obama and rabidly keen on conflict as the solution but then I suppose that how he makes his living

What will your next listen be?

andy mcnad immediate action

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narrator was ok

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

interesting in that it gave a first person account of Libya and other conflict regions as they started to implode

Any additional comments?

more suitable to American audience, reinforces stereotypes of how some americans view the rest of the world

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Entertaining and insightful

Well written showing a lot of depth whilst managing to keep casual and at times humorous

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Gritty and funny

At times I found myself on the edge of my seat feeling as if I was in those dusty streets with the author and then a small quip would make me burst out laughing

Busier than a one winged bird will be part of my life for ever more

Thank you for your service

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Brave

An Eye Opening account to what really happens in this dark and secretive world of operators etc.
Thoroughly Recommend it!

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  • ander64
  • Stockport Cheshire
  • 11-04-18

A must listen.

insight into the dark world of the intelligence industry. Great operational detail and training explained by an experienced operator.

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Disappointed

Really looking forward to listening to this, but after 5hrs of boring repetitive stories, I've had to give in and move on. Such a shame. Normally I would never do this but it's putting me off listening to books.

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Obviously not true from the first page

Furious at how the publisher misrepresented this book. I didn't need to read the reviews to tell me the author was a fraud, i just listened to the first bravado filled
cliche chapter

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American propaganda

book spoiled by gos is great and America is the greatest at everything bias. makes everything feel exaggerated

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  • Kaitlyn Keto
  • 17-01-16

What a load of malarkey.

I started listening to this book and after chapter one I could tell things didn't add up. The further I got in the book the more full of crap the author seemed to be. I couldn't stomach the whole book, and decided to look into this guy. Low and behold he is full of crap ever his co-workers said so.

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  • Adrian Gauna
  • 04-12-15

BS Book

I did my research on this book I can't believe Harper published it Jamie Smith is a con artist

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  • Anthony
  • 18-02-16

Total horse sh!+. This book is far from true

While the author may have had a few close calls in his career, he makes himself out to be a super spy. Consider this book fiction with a few stories embellished.

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  • david
  • 23-02-16

don't waste your time

wasted time comes off as a know it all that's more like a wannabe. Not a good edit and poor sound quality.

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  • dustin harry
  • 26-08-15

Don't believe a word of it.

It's all fake. Just Google the author, that will tell you all you need to know.

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  • Shannon McCoy
  • 23-06-16

This guy is a fraud. The stolen valor is sickening

This book is a complete work of fiction. Google Jamie Smith and decide for yourself

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  • Travis
  • 29-02-16

Read about Jamie Smith before buying

Read about the author prior to buying this book, it puts a whole other perspective on the stories it contains.

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  • Adam Nahirnyj
  • 10-01-17

Not true?

After I finished, I read more about the author and learned that many sources claim that his history is fabricated.

If you are looking for an interesting story it was. Just really disappointed to learn that it's potentially false.

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  • Bobby
  • 08-09-16

fiction

narrator is excellent, story is suspect at best. I researched the author briefly on line before ordering book but I didn't look deep enough until later.

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  • Alison Arrowsmith
  • 21-07-17

Annoyingly Arrogant Fiction

I knew the credibility of the Author was in question however, I thought maybe it would be a good book if I thought of it as fiction. I was wrong. Its terrible and, the author is so arrogant. listen to yhe reviewers and do not buy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful